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Women's College Hospital

Key words: pelvic pain, virtual pain care, stepped care, sleep and pain health, young adults, craniofacial pain

  • Our Research

    At WCH our primary research interest are in areas of Women's health with a focus on chronic pelvic pain management, and enhancing accessibility to pain care through virtual care delivery.  Additional research interests include sleep and chronic pain, transitioning from pediatric to adult care, physiotherapy for chronic pain management, and craniofacial pain. 

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Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

Key words: addiction, mental health, chronic pain, opioid stewardship, education, interprofessional pain care, addiction recovery

  • Our Research

    Research areas at this site focus on the intersection of chronic pain, mental health and addiction. Team members contribute to ECHO Ontario’s Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship and supports efforts in delivering ECHO Ontario First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness which is a branch of ECHO Ontario Mental Health. 

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Toronto Western Hospital

Key words: ultrasound-guided interventions, ketamine, refractory neuropathic pain, opioid use post-surgery, neuromodulation, Spinal Cord stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, trajectories of pain and related outcomes

  • Our Research

    Areas of expertise include clinical trials, observational studies, retrospective analyses, and population-based studies. Research areas of interest include benefit from intravenous ketamine infusions in refractory neuropathic pain, evaluation of ultrasound-guided interventions for pain conditions, and risk factors for prolonged opioid use after surgery.

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Toronto General Hospital

Key words: multi-center trials, cannabis, transitional pain services, risk factors associated with post-surgical pain

  • Our Research

    Experience conducting studies on multi-modal treatment in post-surgical pain and multi-centre clinical trials. Research areas focus on clinical trials of cannabis for neuropathic pain, the effectiveness of transitional pain services, and risk factors associated with continued opioid use after surgery.

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Mount Sinai- Wasser

Key words: epidemiology, multi-centre clinical trials, breast cancer pain, post surgical pain outcomes

  • Our Research

    Expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, and multi-centre clinical trials. Research areas of interest include identifying risk factors and interventions to reduce persistent pain after surgery such as the Prevention of Persistent Pain With LidocAine iNfusions in Breast Cancer Surgery (PLAN).

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Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Key words: ECHO Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship, cannabis, myofascial pain, SPARC

  • Our Research

    Areas of expertise in quantitative imaging, mixed methodology, meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials. Research areas of interest include myofascial pain syndrome, low back pain and connective tissue disorders. Members of the team are part of ECHO Ontario’s Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship. 

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St. Michael's Hospital

Key words: neuromodulation, medical education, ketamine, cannabis, multi-site trials 

  • Our Research

    Expertise in mixed methodologies, retrospective analyses of administrative databases, prospective observational studies and multi-centre randomized controlled trials. Research areas of interest include interventional techniques for pain management, neuromodulation, medical education, and understanding the role of cannabinoids and ketamine in pain medicine. 

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Participate in a research study 

Young Adult Sleep Study

Are you a young adult with chronic pain and sleep problems? 

The YAC study is looking for young adults with interest to participate in research exploring chronic pain and sleep treatment



PET imaging study

Researchers at CAMH are conducting a PET (positron emission tomography) imaging study to help us understand opioid addiction.
This study involves a screening phone call, an assessment visit, one or two scan days involving 1 MRI and 1 PET scan with blood draws and cognitive tests.

Contact the study team: 
Claire Shyu
Phone : 416-535-8501 x 33094

Learn more


Jaw pain study 

The University of Toronto is doing research on Temporomandibular disorders.

The study includes:

  • clinical exam of your chewing muscles and jaw joint
  • pain-sensitivity testing
  • electronic device monitoring of tooth clenching
  • MRI scan of brain and chewing muscles

To learn more about the study contact


Power over pain portalThe Power Over Pain Portal provides people touched by pain with access to a range of resources, virtual care courses and peer support to help in their chronic pain management journey. 

Join the portal today! 

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Phone: 416-323-6269 Office Fax: 416-323-2666 Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday


Dr. Tania Di Renna, Medical Director Sandra Robinson, Administrative Director